There are two major viewpoints in time, the linear model, and the cyclical model. Of course, there is the non-linear model as well, but I won't discuss that at the moment, and leave poetics and modernist literature by the wayside for now.
I guess things that are happening around me can be fully explained using the cyclical model.
I am here in my office. Pretty soon, I will be going to the main office of the department, and I will ask for a new door sheet. This is the thing that I put on my door so that people looking for me can see my contact information, what course I teach, and what are my office hours. And since there is the new semester coming up, I need to update it, and so I am getting a new one.
I will also go to the main office and request that parts of a certain reference book I use be photocopied and sent to me as a PDF. This will be for the references of the languages that I cover in the course that I will be teaching. I cover 76 languages during the course of the semester, and I want to change things around and cover different languages this time, compared to the two previous semesters that I have taught this course. This makes the course more enjoyable for me, so that I won't be discussing the same thing over and over again for the third time.
I will also start updating my database, since the new semester is coming up, and so I need a fresh slate in my hard drive. My periodic update and defragmentation of my gadget are also coming up, since I do that during vacation time.
Wow. It is indeed fast, how time passes. I already have stuff scheduled as far as May, which is a good four months from now. And beyond that, I have vague stuff scheduled as far as 2010. I guess that is how far my personal timeline goes, although nothing is settled yet, up to that point.
Somehow, I feel that my days here in Buffalo are numbered. After all, looking at my past patterns of migration, I do not stay very long in the places that I consider home. I have to say though, that the longest stay I have so far in one locale is 6 years. This was between 1989 to 1995. We returned from Honolulu in 1989, and I have spent 6 years in Manila until moving to Osaka in 1995. So, given that trend, I should not feel that I will be leaving Buffalo pretty soon, since I have just clocked 2 and a half years here.
I know that sometime ahead, I should be content into settling in one place. But somehow, deep inside, I still crave the change, the moving, the packing, the whole enchilada that comes whenever one moves into a new place. And I am talking international, not just a move to the next county. After all, my move to Buffalo was my eighth move, I better be good at it.